Product safety standard on portable ethanol burners – CBS news

In March 2017 Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack imposed a national interim ban to prevent the supply of certain types of decorative alcohol-fuelled devices, also known as ethanol burners.

It was implemented after serious injuries were reported, raising concerns about their safety.

The national interim ban comes to an end on 14 July 2017, and will be replaced by a safety standard from 15 July 2017.

The new safety standard:

  • prevents the supply of table top devices (devices which weigh less than 8 kilograms or have a footprint less than 900 square centimetres); and
  • requires freestanding and fixed devices to meet a stability test, come with a fuel container with a flame arrester (or an automatic fuel pump system) and display warnings on the device about refuelling hazards.

Products intended for cooking or heating are exempt from the safety standard.

The safety standard gives device suppliers three months to transition from the national interim ban to the new requirements in the safety standard.

Mr McCormack noted that some suppliers of safe devices are intending to develop a voluntary standard with Standards Australia which will provide additional protections for consumers, a move that is welcomed and strongly supported.

Retailers and suppliers can go to the ACCC’s product safety website to get further information on the new safety standard.

Consumers seeking to purchase decorative alcohol-fuelled devices should check  that the device complies with the safety standard.

Those concerned about products they have previously purchased should visit the Product Safety Australia website for information about the safety standard, consumer rights and how to use burners safely.

Read the national media release – Safety standard for ethanol burners (PDF 113KB)

Unlicensed car dealer slugged $3000 – media release

A 35 year old Salisbury Downs man has been fined $3000 for selling used cars without a licence.

Under South Australia’s Second-hand Vehicle Dealer Act, anyone who buys or sells more than four used cars within a period of twelve months must hold the relevant licence.

In the Elizabeth Magistrates Court, Feras Said admitted to selling six used cars over an eight month period for between $2500 and $6500, and offering to sell a seventh without holding the relevant licence.

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Cots recalled over serious safety concerns – media release

Serious safety concerns have led to a voluntary nationwide recall of three styles of wooden cot sold online by supplier Emall Pty Ltd.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today published the recall notice, which applies to the Wooden Baby Cot Crib, Toddler Bed & Wooden Baby Cot Crib and Toddler Cradle Bed, which were primarily being sold through the online shopping site eBay.

Cots recalled over serious safety concerns – media release

$7000 fine for unlicensed car dealer – media release

A Craigburn Farm man who sold secondhand cars without a licence has been slugged $7,000 after admitting to breaches of South Australia’s Second Hand Vehicle Dealers Act.

In the Adelaide Magistrates Court, 24 year-old Barney Samuel Chambers pleaded guilty to selling six cars worth between $1000 and $3000 each over the course of a seven month period without a licence to conduct business as a second hand vehicle dealer.

Read the full media release – $7000 fine for unlicensed car dealer (PDF 90KB)

Don’t wait until it’s too late – secure your furniture – media release

Parents and carers are the target of a new national campaign launched today to ensure they are aware of the best ways to protect their children from topplingAccidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Secure furniture safely. furniture and TVs.

South Australia’s Consumer and Business Services and other consumer affairs agencies across the country are working together to raise awareness and provide advice to consumers on the steps they can take to prevent unstable furniture from toppling over and crushing a child.

Tragically, up to two children die and hundreds are seriously injured every year from furniture or TVs toppling over.

Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, Dini Soulio, said accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Making sure your home is safe for children could prevent a serious accident.

“Don’t wait until it’s too late,” he said.

Read the full media release – Don’t wait until it’s too late

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